Friday, February 20, 2009

UCLA regroups and beats Washington

I missed the first half of this one. I was on a plane heading to L.A. for part, and was waiting for In-N-Out on the way home for part. But I was mostly impressed with the Bruins in the second half, despite some minor brain cramps.

The Bruins have, at times this year, shown either an inability or an unwillingness to fight through tough times. Twice in the second half they let Washington make runs to either tie the game, or come very close. Both times they regrouped, got baskets, and extended their lead. They haven't responded to a test like that in a while, alternating frustrating losses with blowout wins. They needed a game like this.

All five starters finished in double figures. But special recognition has to go to Alfred Aboya, who scored 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 hole in his arm for an IV after the game. He was apparently still suffering from the flu, but played like a warrior. His big 17 foot jumper down the stretch was a huge basket that helped seal the victory. Josh Shipp added 20 points, giving him 45 in two games against the Huskies. Jrue Holliday showed signs of breaking out of his slump with 10 points. The Bruins stayed hot from long range, making 8-17 three pointers.

Nice win for the Bruins that should lead them into Saturday's tilt with WSU. I'll have to record that one, since I'll be riding in a car in the Temple City Camellia parade (my mom is in charge of it this year).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't think that I've ever seen as physical a Pac-10 game that had fewer calls made -- on both sides. It was fun to watch. The starters all played very well. Drago had some nice interior passes that lead to easy baskets and came up with some big rebounds late in the game. Aboya's scoring has to the biggest surprise this season. Where has that jump shot been?